Happy Sunday, friends and welcome to my lifestyle posts called Sunday Mornings at Home.
No, I am not on vacation! One of our readers, Connie, sent this glorious photo from her vacation in Mazatlan and I think it is a wonderful way to begin a Sunday Morning.
Thanks for sharing Connie. Though we have never met face to face, I do feel like we are friends and often on the same page!
After you are finished dreaming of the beach sky, then let’s get started with my hodge podge of topics for Sunday mornings at home.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: MY ACHING FEET
Since I returned to the gym four months ago, I have been saying over and over…I need new shoes.
My old athletic shoes were worn out and my feet and knees testified daily to the problem.
I tried to order shoes online and ended up returning several pair…they just were not good for hammer toes….which have worsened since I purchased the last pair of shoes before the pandemic.
So, I decided I needed experts and found them at The New Balance Store. If you click the link, you can locate the New Balance Store nearest to where you live.
First I met with one of the associates, who asked several questions about what I was experiencing and about the level of my workouts.
Then they put me on the machine, to take a 3D scan of my feet. There are actually more challenges than just the toes.
Then he knew what to recommend…one of the recommendations was a CASUAL ARCH SUPPORT INSOLE. I was concerned about it at first, but never think about it and do not feel it in the shoe.
However, he only recommended the insole for one foot and said it was common to diagnose feet differently.
After trying another pair, I put on this 847v4 for walking and knew it was the winner.
He said it is known for those of us who have hammer toes because it has a deep toe box.
This shoe has changed my workout life…no knee pain, better balance, more comfort and no toe pain. I am so glad I decided to go this direction.
He also introduced me to these COOL MAX SOCKS and I liked them so much, I purchased two packs.
The feel is lighter and cooler and they are just as durable as my old socks. The gym gets hot and it helps to have cooler feet.
And when my feet are happy…I am happy. I am so glad to tell you that I found my athletic shoes and I recommend NEW BALANCE.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: ACCESSORIES
I have always considered my nails a one of the accessories I wear every day.
My nail technician, Ana, and I have been experimenting with the color I want to wear the weekend of the wedding…that will go with all three Mother-of-the-Groom outfits.
I think this is it…OPI QUEST FOR QUARTZ. We also have strong contenders with a lovely creamy white, and a gold.
The bottle makes this color look glittery…but on, it is very understated.
You will be the first to know what I go with that week.
Funny story…have you seen these colorful sterling silver bracelets when you travel.
Mr. B always brings me a bracelet after a trip.
But, he did not realize until I showed him on Easter Sunday, that they all looked the same.
The thicker one is from Israel; the middle one from Alaska; and the last one from Cabo.
I assured him that I liked that they all went together and I could wear them at the same time. Each one has a different challenging clasp.
Tux and I try to go out 5-10 minutes a day around lunchtime, so I can add a little color to the skin…but not overdo.
Neither of us can take it much longer…but he loves to sit out there with me and will run when he hears me open the balcony door.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: BLESSINGS VS TECHNOLOGY
I want to apologize to anyone who lost comments or experienced tech frustrations on the blog this week…I had a week full of phone challenges.
It began with Mr. B shattering his phone when he fell hard on a rock while running…alas, the hardships of an off-trail runner.
He very sweetly decided he would upgrade my phone and he would take my old phone.
In the past, going over to A T & T has been painful and long.
However, I began to pray over the experience and it was our best one there. The tech was great.
Until I got home and realized that I needed to log back into each app in order to use it. I am not the best at keeping passwords, and mine are not easy to remember.
So frustration mounted day to day…and I still am not using all of them like I was. It took me awhile to get the blog app working like I wanted it to.
Then, on Thursday, I clicked to update the new phone.
It froze…solid…and after two hours on the phone with Apple, they sent me to the Apple Store….another painful experience in the past.
But, I felt like God was teaching me lessons through it all and I clearly heard from HIM while driving there …count blessings.
From the minute I arrived at the mall, I began to count my blessings…from a comfy chair to sit in outside of the store…to a new camera on the phone…to kind people to greet me…to a seminar in progress at the store with photo tips…and on and on.
I left the store happy, and though my day had been completely changed from its original plan, I still felt light and joyful.
Often our stress is all about focus and just changing our perspectives.
MAKE SURE YOU COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS TODAY…and I will see you tomorrow.
By Pamela Lutrell
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